Remote viewing is a really odd psychic phenomena - that of being able to "know about" objects, people and places in ways that would usually be considered impossible. Everyone at some times has "odd feelings" about things we can't normally perceive. What makes remote viewing different is that it's been rigorously and scientifically tested and found to be of great practical use, both by the military for gathering Intelligence, and by the law enforcement community.
You could think of remote viewing as clairvoyance that has been put into a scientific setting. The term "remote viewing" was introduced by Hal Putoff, a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the mid-1970s.
Ingo Swann, a known psychic, who was to be able to gain impressions of distant locations volunteered to be studied by Putoff. Needing to gain research funding and determined to avoid the "giggle factor" associated with anything psychic or paranormal he adopted a less provocative name, choosing Swann's term "remote viewing".
At the same time the US Army had formed Project Stargate, a low-budget unit jointly funded by the CIA and the Defense Department, to investigate any possible uses of the paranormal for military intelligence. The unit co-opted those with apparent psychic ability from other army units. Among these were Joe McMoneagle, David Morehouse and Lyn Buchanan.
When I first heard of this it sounded totally off the wall but if the US government, while they do fund many possibly dubious projects, don't usually pour money for over a decade, into projects that don't work.
The stories of these are best described by those directly involved. Many were involved in the government programmes over the years but only a few have decided to make their experiences known.
The most prominent among these (and also the first remote viewer in the Stargate programme) is Joe McMoneagle.
Joe McMoneagle and "Mind Trek"
His book "Mind Trek" is one of most important ESP books I have ever read, primarily because he traces his own experiences, his doubts, fears and disbelief, and simply presents the facts for the reader to interpret as they will. This provides the reader with the freedom to admit (to themselves) that they too don't necessarily totally accept everything that's being presented.
See what Joe drew and then photos of the actual object click here
The author expects the reader to be highly skeptical - as he was of all things psychic. He was a hard-headed soldier having served in Vietnam and later Germany - being psychic didn't just didn't fit, until ....
Mind Trek traces his experiences from the start of his paranormal ability, through the testing, training and experiences in the US army intelligence unit.
This book is wide-ranging and yet hard to pin down why I feel it's so important. I think it's best summarised by the author himself:
Many examples from the original research such as diagrams and transcripts of lab experiments are included.
While the book is definitely not intended as a "teach yourself" book, there are suggestions for those wishing to try remote viewing for themselves.
A few years ago I would have dismissed a book on remote viewing - don't make the same mistake!
David Morehouse, was also a member of the US Army, has detailed his experiences in the book "Psychic Warrior"
There are two primary forms of remote viewing, those that follow the protocol (set of steps) laid down by Ingo Swann while are SRI, and the more free-form exploration favoured by Joe McMoneagle and others.
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